Thursday, March 20, 2014


Another form of risk management: learning how to paint watercolors.

I've just come from a terrific ASIS meeting, where Robert Dodge discussed risk management today, and its evolution from a "guns, gates and guards " mentality in the physical security world to a world in which technology touches every part of our physical world.  Many of the areas he covered around enterprise risk management and the protection of corporate intellectual property are, interestingly enough, topics that my graduate students wrote about in the final papers for the "Law, Policy and Ethics in Information Management" course that I teach at the University of Washington.

Add to Robert's remarks the Allianz Risk Barometer report from January of this year, and you see how risk and law and policy and ethics are interwoven in any risk assessment and subsequent management strategy.  (U.S. business leaders found the top risks to be business disruption; supply chain issues; natural disasters; cyber incidents; reputation damage; environmental issues; talent shortages; global pandemic; food/water/energy shortages; and regulation.

This is the second time I've taught this core course to master's degree students.  Here are summaries of the topics of their final papers, which you can line up against assessments by Robert and those that Allianz collected:

Proposal for a New Third Party Doctrine Test
The FAA, Drones and Amazon Air
Academic Misconduct
Innovation & Litigation with Intellectual Property
LinkedIn and Spamming
Electronic Civil Disobedience
Intellectual Property in the Digital Age
Internet Repression by Authoritarian Governments
Digital Rights Management
The Challenge of Cyber-Security
3D Printing & the Future of Intellectual Property
Student Data: Ensuring Privacy

Next Wednesday, I'm speaking at the National Defense Industry Association's conference here in Seattle.  My topic is "How to Identify Insider Threats."  I will be discussing what Robert in his talk called "intelligence driven risk management," including contractors as well as employees.

Carpe diem.

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